Thomas J. “Tom” Covington

   Thomas J. “Tom” Covington,  90 of  Lillian, Alabama  formerly of Normal, IL, Bloomington, IL, and Carlock, IL, passed away at 1:45a.m. on  Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Covenant Hospice, Pensacola, FL. 

     His funeral service will be 10:00a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Danny McCubbins will officiate. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington IL. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00-7:00p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:00 PM at   the memorial home. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Assoc., or Alzheimer’s Research.

     He was born March 14, 1924 in Fresno, California the son of Thomas Walter and Goldie Crisel Covington. He married Mary  E. Blundy in 1944 at Paducah, Kentucky. She died March 28, 2005.

     Surviving are three children, Sheila (George) Roberts,  Lillian, AL; Wayne (Debbie) Covington,  Carlock, IL; Tracy (Gigi) Covington, Austin, TX;

five grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; 2 great grandchildren; and 1 sister, Deloris Vaughn, Paxton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Craig Covington,  and one granddaughter, Amy McCollum.

     Tom worked for GTE, Bloomington, IL for over 42 years, he was the Director of Engineering & Construction, retiring in November 1, 1985.  He was a member of the Normal Masonic Lodge #673 AF & AM.  He was a member of the Bloomington Moose Lodge, the Elks Lodge of Pensacola, FL and The Lillian Community Club. Tom enjoyed traveling, fishing and working in his yard.

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Dolores Ann Bator

Dolores Ann Bator, 84, of Normal, IL passed away at 1:20p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home in rural Chenoa, IL.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10:00a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 W. Owsley St., Chenoa, IL. Fr. Carl LoPresti will officiate. A graveside service and inurnment will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery, Chenoa. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Chenoa, or Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home, Chenoa in her memory. Cremation services were provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.
Dolores was born September 7, 1929 in Cicero, IL, a daughter of Stephen and Caroline Rozmus Bartoski. She married Wladyslaw (Walter) Bator on Jan. 16, 1955, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in September 2012.
She is survived by two daughters, Theresa (Herman Jackson) Bator and Christine Bator, both of Normal; two grandchildren, Jacob  Lohman and Katie (Eric Harriel II) Lohman, both of Bloomington; great-grandchild, Kaleb Harriel; and a niece and nephews. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Leo Bartoski and sisters Helen Mastney and Irene Gard.
Dolores was a homemaker and later worked at several office and retail positions in Berwyn, Wood Dale and McHenry, IL. After a devastating automobile accident in 1975, her courage and determination allowed her to recover and work part-time.
Dolores loved her husband and family foremost, and was blessed with many lifelong friends.
She enjoyed playing bingo and cards. She was a frequent winner of the Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments at the Normal Senior Center. She was a great cook, and her Polish dishes of pierogi, golumpki, and zupa grzybowa were favorites of the family.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma. A special thank you to the Station 2 staff at the Meadows Mennonite Retirement home for taking such wonderful care of Dolores.
Kochamy cie, spoczac w pokoju. (We love you, rest in peace.)

DVD memorial video tribute:  http://video214.com/play/iJaobHU6bl7f0T70cwsqDw/s/dark

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Wilma Jean Weidler

Wilma Jean Weidler, 80, Farmer City, passed away early Friday morning (March 28, 2014) at her home surrounded by her family.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Ed Loper officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Monmouth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Wilma was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Little York, to Howard and Mae Hall Williams. She married Laverne Gene Weidler on Jan. 24, 1953.

She is survived by her husband, Laverne Weidler, Farmer City; five children, Susan (Jack) Kusek, Spring Valley; Cathy (Kelly) Riggs, Peoria; Michael (Carol) Weidler, Springfield; Verne Weidler, Normal; and Thomas Weidler, Farmer City; one sister, Janet (Wendell) Brooks, Kirkwood; one brother, Ross (Lois) Williams, Monmouth; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Rosalie (Cliff) Ohlson, Alton; and brother-in-law, Donald Weidler, Smyrna, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Weidler; and one brother, John Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Kemmerer Village, 941 N. 2500 East Road, Assumption, IL 62510.

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Linda L. Evans

Linda L. Evans, 66 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Saturday (March 29, 2014) at 3:38pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

Linda’s service will be held on Friday (April 4, 2014) at 10:30am at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with Pastor Jeffrey L. DeLaughter officiating. Entombment will follow the service at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be held on Thursday (April 3, 2014) from 5-7pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Linda was born on December 18, 1947 in Decatur, Illinois the daughter of Orville V. and Doris L. Richardson Evans.

She is survived by her 3 sons; Robert Smith of Champaign, IL, William Alex Smith of Bloomington and Brad E. (Annrika) Dithen of Bloomington. She is also survived by her 2 grandchildren; Tyler and Kaley of Bloomington and 1 brother; John Evans of Decatur. She is preceded by both parents.

Linda worked for State Farm Insurance Company as a secretary retiring after 38 years. Linda enjoyed participating in the Arts and Crafts shows, cooking and baking. She liked watching HD TV, the Food Net Work, GSN (Game Show Network) and also enjoyed completing word searches. Most of all she loved spoiling her grandchildren to whom she gave her whole heart.

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Dennis L. Raydon

Dennis L. Raydon, 77 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Monday (March 24, 2014) at 8:40pm at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care, Bloomington, Illinois.

Graveside services will be held on Monday (March 31, 2014) at 10am at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Illinois.

Dennis is survived by his 2 sons; Randy and Scottie Raydon both of Florida and a brother; Cecil (Kay) Raydon of Bloomington.

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Sidney Miller

Sidney W. Miller, 81 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday (March 19, 2014) at 8:34pm at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial rites will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois at a later date.

Sidney was born on July 8, 1932 in Normal, Illinois the son of Marshall and Beulah Trower Miller. He married Jean Ragan Stevenson on December 8, 1979 in Bloomington, Illinois.

Sidney is survived by his wife, his son; Bill (Dawn) Miller of McLean, IL, his step children; Lee Phoenix of Bloomington, Judy (Jerry) Brooks of Bloomington, Rae (Bill) King of Nevada, Debbie (Dale) Reoch of Normal, John (Susan) Roy of Bloomington, Ron Roy of Normal, Grant (Julie) Stevenson of Bloomington and Brad Stevenson of Normal along with many grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters; Betty Shannon of Heyworth, Marilyn (Jerry) Scogin of Bloomington, Doris Morris of Bloomington and Joyce Erdman of Bloomington.

He is preceded in death by; both parents, 1 daughter, 1 brother, 1sister and 1 grandchild.

Sidney served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was an avid NASCAR, Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.

He will be truly missed by his family and friends.

 

 

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Michael L. Lanham Sr.

Mike L. Lanham Sr., of Normal, Illinois, passed away on Sunday (March 16, 2014) at 5:40am at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites were accorded.

Mike is survived by his wife; Mary Lanham his 4 children; Michael (Tonya) Lanham Jr. of Normal, Marla McGolrick of Bloomington, Heather Lanham of Nevada and Matthew Lanham of Normal. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Online Condolences may be sent to www.beckmemorial.com

 

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Thomas J. Graves

Thomas J. Graves, 71, of Bloomington, Illinois passed away on Wednesday (March 12, 2014) at 12:23pm at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Peoria, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be held on Monday (March 17, 2014) 5-7pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. A private family graveside will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center.

Tom was born on March 20, 1942 in Bloomington, Illinois the son of Clarence P. and Edythe E. Tindall Graves.

He married Wanda Crabtree on March 22, 1969 in Bloomington, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife their two children; Gary (Jennifer) Graves of Heyworth and Sally (Bruce) George of Bloomington, 4 grandchildren; Ryan, Alayna, Jake and Sophia. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters; Donald (Doris) Graves of Magnolia, TX, Carol (Jesse) Laskowski of Bloomington, David (Peggy) Graves of Bloomington, Debbie Graves of Bloomington and a brother-in-law; Ralph Williamson of Lexington.

He is preceded in death by; both parents, 1 brother, 1 sister and 3 grandchildren.

Tom was a graduate of Bloomington High School. His class was the first graduating class from the new High School.

Tom served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He worked at General Electric retiring in 1997 and after retirement worked at the GE Club as the grounds keeper. He was a member of the Bloomington VFW and GE Club.

Tom enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

 

 

 

 

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Debra M. Potter

Debra “Deb” Potter, 44 of Bloomington, passed away at 2:18pm Thursday March 6, 2014 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday (March 15, 2014) at 11am at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeff Henricks officiating. A luncheon will follow the services at the church. Cremation rites were accorded.

Memorials maybe made to the church.

Deb was born on May 24, 1969 at St. Joseph Hospital, Bloomington the daughter of Arthur and Midge Ghent Unwin. She married Tom Potter on May 17, 2007.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters; Nicole Boyd of Chicago and Jhada of Bloomington, son; Joshua Boyd of Bloomington, her parents Arthur and Midge Unwin of Bloomington, brother; Roger Unwin of California, Three aunts and one uncle in England, one uncle in Australia, a great uncle in New Jersey and many cousins.

Before becoming a stay at home mom, she worked as an In-Home Care Provider for the elderly and handicapped, as well as working as a receptionist at a local car dealership.

Deb was a loving wife and mother, who spent her days watching movies and playing games with her youngest daughter, as well as making sure she communicated each day with family and friends.

Deb departed this earth much too soon, and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

 

 

 

 

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Wanda E. Keist

Wanda E. Keist, 83 of Clinton, Illinois formerly of Bloomington, Illlinois passed away on Tuesday (March 4, 2014) at her home in Clinton.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Memorials maybe made to the American Heart Association.

Beck Memorial Home Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are her brothers; James (Cleo) Sparrow of Bloomington, David (Dot) Sparrow of Kinney, Illinois and Fred (Marge) Sparrow of St. Anne, Illinois.

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